Really – it couldn’t be more perfect. Two gorgeous guys standing before their closest friends and promising to love one another on Valentines Day. It was amazing.. and we were so honoured to be there. Congratulations Shane and Makzy … your love is fun and powerful and fabulous and enduring.
With great respect and admiration..
My brother Paul got married.
If you didn’t already know, I come from the most amazing family! They really are the greatest people I know. I could say a thousand words, but I will just say that my brother Paul was the most dashing groom (and I can’t look at a picture of him without a big cheesy grin washing over me) and Mikaela (our new sister) you are the most gorgeous bride we’ve ever shot – honestly you looked freaking amazing. These images may or may not be the best images we’ve ever taken, but they are by far my favourites - for the simple fact that the people in them mean the world to me.
Paul and Mikaela – the thought of not capturing these moments on your wedding day, was the moment we knew we had too. I have no words to adequately express how much I love you. How much I need you. How much I want you. Together. In my life. For the first time I was able to see, truly, you both melt into each other. You are beautiful together. Thank you for allowing us to be so much a part of it. Mikaela – thank you for making my brother so happy. Paulie, I lovelovelove you, even on the days when I don’t show it.
In 2001 and 2003, bushfires devastated much of the pine plantations to the western end of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, the ACT Government decided to turn the land into one of the largest Arboretums ( a collection of living trees) in the world. It will be home to 104 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. Newly created there were baby trees everywhere.. and a tiny new forest of Great Sequoias sits at the very opening to Arboretum. That day they were mere saplings of hope.. the trees are little descendants of the largest living trees in the world, in existence today there are specimens that are some 275 feet tall, with a 100 feet wide trunk and have been dated to be more than 3000 years old. They are in fact – the largest living organism, by volume, on the planet. Mind Blown.
May your marriage and family grow as large and as long as these magnificent trees.
The day that was…
Sitting down to write about Anna and Ian’s wedding day and I’m feeling somewhat overcome. Words escape me. I believe that when you find yourself in the right place doing things from your heart – people like Anna and Ian will walk into your life and give you the opportunity to be part of something much more than you can have dreamed of. A day that we all felt so alive, inspired and at ease with ourselves we created images that speak right to our core.
Anna and Ian are individually immensely creative and wanted a day that was both rich in sentiment and all handmade. Things become extraordinary when you go deeper. When the gifts you give your bridesmaids are necklaces of their favourite image of you together, and the gifts you give your groomsmen are hand etched personalised drawings on hip flasks you’ve done yourself and you tell your parents exactly how thankful you are and you give your guests the opportunity to cheer and cheer LOUDLY – they will show you just how amazing you are, how they feel about you.. and a beautiful wedding day..becomes a truly remarkable wedding day. A day that was personal, unique, a great labor of love, and heartfelt.
Anna and Ian are two strong independent individuals who have grown up together, seen each other through it all and love each other more and more everyday. I believe in love stories like theirs. I believe that friendship is the foundation for every incredible relationship. Their wedding showed us more than they could ever know – the importance of true raw love that is contagious. It was about family, it was about those that matter most, it was about everyone sharing time with one another. Their wedding was about love in every sense of the word.
To all of you beautiful people we met on that day – we think you’re some kind of wonderful! Thank you so much for allowing us to capture such a special day. To walk away with such amazing memories and beautiful friendships is so fantastic.
Much love to you all.
Family. It spans across continents, cultures, religions, language. It is your inner circle – by blood or friendship, the people that make up home. Your net. Your warmth. Weddings have a wonderful magic that brings forth the amazing intertwinings of families in a way that only a wedding can.
Amy and Matt’s family is remarkable – they are a truly genuine beautiful group of individuals, each of them acutely aware of the wonderful gift they have of each other. Together for Amy and Matt’s wedding day – they are as fun as they are powerful. It was a true privilege to share such a special day with them.
Amy and Matt – you guys make such a beautiful couple – thank you and your family for welcoming us as you always have. Documenting the lives of such awesome friends is fantastic – we are so happy for you x Congratulations!
Amy and Matt’s wedding day…
With around 25 or something days until due date, excitement is well and truly building in the Margan household. We are savouring this sweet anticipation, marvelling at a stomach that moves on its own and looking forward to our own maternity pics that will remind us of this amazing time. This weekend has been one of hard core nesting – clearing out the clutter and breathing life into every space. Preparing for a little boy to take up residence with us.
His room … this one space has been such a special place of dreaming and inspiration to us. So often we retreat there to smile and ponder who he will be, what we will all become … to look around and say “we’re waiting for you” and too many times have found ourselves brushing away some tears. This is finally real.
If you know us – you’ll know that we LOVE colour and we wanted his room to be a vibrant saturated colourful rainbow – without screaming “i’m rainbow themed”. We wanted it to be gender neutral, bright, engaging and filled with things that we’re truly meaningful and beautiful to us and we spent months looking for every item, a long afternoon sticking colored dots to the wall, repainting frames and re-purposing others to create a space that felt both homely and fabulous all at the same time. We invested only in pieces that could grow with him and love that with a few changes in the art and bed and items on shelves it would be just as fitting for him as a teenager. It’s become a space we know we love to and know we will continue to love to spend time in as much as we hope he will and we cant wait till he’s here.
I want the pointless bickering,
the long walks, the late night phone calls, the good morning texts.
I want cute pictures with you,
to hold your hand,
to make food for you,
to call you baby.
The joking, the wrestling, the fights,
the long how i feel text messages after we make up.
I want to be one of those inseparable best friend couples that people are like “you’re still together?”
That’s what i want. I want it all. Always.